UW-Madison School of Education - Alumni News

School of Education Alumni News

We like to both share what our alumni are up to and share information that may be of interest to our alumni. Please use our online form to send in your news for posting here, in our other alumni publications, and on our "For Alumni" website.

Tue
Aug
28
Sandra Kowalczyk, a reading specialist at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie, was named a 2018 Educator of the Year by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Kowalczyk, who earned a Reading Specialist license through UW-Madison’s School of Education in 2005, will receive the award during the association’s annual conference Oct. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.
Thu
Aug
23
Jessica Stovall, an alumna of UW-Madison’s School of Education who has spent the past 11 years teaching in suburban Chicago, appears in a new documentary series that follows students, teachers and administrators as they grapple with racial and educational inequities. Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007 and is beginning work toward her Ph.D. this fall at Stanford University.
Thu
Aug
23
UW-Madison alumna Kara Finnigan is the co-author of a book due out in October that’s titled, “Striving in Common: A Regional Equity Framework for Urban Schools.” Finnigan received her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies in 2003, and today is a professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education. The book is also written by Jennifer Jellison Holme, an associate professor of education policy in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
Mon
Aug
20
UW-Madison alumnus Gerardo Mancilla was recently honored with the Emerging Leader Award at the Mortar Board national conference in Columbus, Ohio. Mancilla earned his Ph.D. from UW-Madison's No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2015, and also received a master's degree in multicultural education from UW-Madison. Today, he is an assistant professor at Edgewood College’s School of Education.
Tue
Aug
14
UW-Madison’s Simon Goldberg was awarded the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy’s 50th Anniversary Research Grant. The award provides $30,000 in funding and will support Goldberg’s research proposal, “Why do some therapists get better outcomes? Correlates of therapist effects in naturalistic psychotherapy.” Goldberg received his Ph.D. from the Department of Counseling Psychology in 2017 and is an incoming faculty member with the department.
Mon
Aug
13
The Wisconsin School of Business is featuring the artwork of several alumni from the School of Education's Art Department in its new Learning Commons area. The alumni whose work is being featured includes Chris Maddox (MFA '16), Stacey Lee Webber (MFA '08), JW Buchanan (BFA '04) and Melissa Buchanan (BFA '04) of Little Friends of Printmaking, Sachi Komai (MFA '03), Marko Spalatin (MFA '71), and James Watrous (BS-Art '31, MA '33, Ph.D. '39).
Fri
Aug
10
The Capital Times newspaper featured UW-Madison alumnus Kaleem Caire in an article detailing the upcoming launch of his first charter school for kindergartners. Caire, who earned his undergraduate degree from the School of Education in 2000, is a national leader in K-12 education reform, economic and workforce development, and community transformation. Caire's One City Early Learning Center will expand to One City Schools this fall, which is "one of the state’s first 4K and kindergarten charter options authorized by the University of Wisconsin System’s Office of Educational Opportunity," reports The Cap Times.
Wed
Aug
08
UW-Madison alumna Jessica Stovall is featured in the new STARZ documentary, "America to Me." Stovall earned a degree in secondary education from the School of Education in 2007, and is about to move to Palo Alto, California, to pursue a Ph.D. in race, inequality, and language in education at Stanford University. Premiering on Aug. 26, "America to Me" is a 10-episode documentary series that asks the question, "Can a Chicago-area high school change the conversation about race?" Stovall is also part of the social impact campaign, which is using the film to make positive change in race and equity in schools across the United States.
Mon
Aug
06
UW-Madison alumna Alison E. Leonard was awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity in the College of Education at Clemson University. Leonard earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2012.
Thu
Aug
02
The third installment of the art gallery "Being Forward" by UW-Madison alumnae Brenda Baker and Bird Ross will be on display in the School of Education Gallery from Aug. 1 to 31. The "Being Forward" exhibition includes over 150 photographs featuring Madison women artists and art supporters posing as Ms. Forward, the iconic statue that has been on the Capitol grounds since her installation in 1895. Baker and Ross have the goal of raising $300,000 for the Woman Artists Forward Fund, which is being established to fund unrestricted grants for women visual artists in the Madison area long into the future.
Tue
Jul
31
UW-Madison alumnus Mark Tauscher was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame earlier in July. Tauscher is a former Badger and Packer offensive lineman who graduated from UW-Madison in 1999 before going on to earn his master’s degree in educational administration from the School of Education in 2003. He also is a former member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors.
Fri
Jul
27
Wisconsin Life recently featured UW-Madison alumna J Matzner and her career working to make ballet accessible to people with mobility challenges. Matzner earned an undergraduate degree from the School of Education’s Dance Department in May 2013. The Wisconsin Life story centers around one of Matzner's students, Mari Koopman, who is in a wheelchair.
Thu
Jul
26
UW-Madison alumnus Christopher Kirchgasler was selected to receive the 2018 Dissertation Recognition Award, granted by the American Educational Research Association's (AERA) Division B. Kirchgasler received his doctorate degree with a minor in history from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at the University of Kansas.
Thu
Jul
26
The Capital Times recently published an article about UW-Madison alumna and actor Carrie Coon, who returned to Wisconsin's American Players Theatre (APT). Coon received her master of fine arts degree from the Department of Theatre and Drama, which today is housed within the School of Education.
Tue
Jul
24
UW-Madison alumna Kristina Navarro was recently named Rutgers University's senior associate athletic director for Leadership Development and Strategic Partnerships. Navarro earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 2012, and has worked at UW-Whitewater since 2017 as the associate director for Student Development and Strategic Initiatives. Navarro received the UW-Madison School of Education's 2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award.
Fri
Jul
13
Kathleen Woit, an alumna of UW-Madison and a current member of the School of Education's Board of Visitors, was featured by the Isthmus newspaper about her memories and experiences around the Art Fair on the Square. Woit earned a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction in 1973, a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1992. Woit tells the Isthmus that she visited her first fair in 1959, and it sparked a love of the arts and a "lifetime of volunteerism and giving."
Tue
Jul
03
UW-Madison alumna Christine Barwick has been promoted to a new position with First National Bank and Trust. Barwick earned her undergraduate degree in rehabilitation psychology from the School of Education in 1985. She has been promoted to learning solutions officer. In this role, Barwick is responsible for managing the compliance training program for the bank, identifying and facilitating leadership training for new and current leaders, and developing technical training to meet system and process needs for the bank’s business partners.
Mon
Jul
02
UW-Madison alumnus Jack Raglin was featured in a recent spotlight article by the American College of Sports Medicine. Raglin earned his master’s degree from the School of Education's Department of Kinesiology and its physical education program in 1983. He then received a Ph.D. in 1988 from the same program. Raglin is currently a professor with Indiana University-Bloomington's Department of Kinesiology. In the member spotlight interview, Raglin answers questions about his professional career and education, and gives some advice for students beginning to explore exercise science.
Thu
Jun
28
UW-Madison alumna Libby Pier's research was cited extensively in a recent New York Times op-ed about funding scientific research. Pier earned her Ph.D. in the learning sciences from the School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology in 2017. The op-ed discusses how medical research funding is scarce, and how the current approach to designate funding "favors low-risk research and proposals by older scientists and white men."
Wed
Jun
27
UW-Madison alumna Laura Hamman will begin working as a post-doctoral research associate with the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Hamman received her Ph.D. from the School of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2018.
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